Though I have been visiting nearly daily, I've been trying to ease myself back into posting here! The truth is, I haven't been writing much lately, so haven't been posting much. After contemplating posting this for a while, I have decided to share "Desert Night," originally written for 10-player percussion ensemble, but reduced to a quartet arrangement for Son Da Capo. (Though, they eventually gained a 5th player.)
This piece was originally written for the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra when I was a member in 2006/2007. It was also the first percussion ensemble of mine to be performed in front of an audience of any size greater than 0. I don't remember how many attended the original performance, but it was a LOT more than I expected
It is especially exciting then, that "Desert Night" is also the first piece of mine to be performed internationally. After looking through my started-threads, I don't think I ever actually shared the original recording of this that used GPO. I was never especially proud of the rendering quality, as I hastily put it together. Also, since it is only about 50% GPO, I think I was hesitant to post it here.
For those interested, the original GPO recording can be heard here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S8hb7A2fzQ
The Timpani, Xylophone, and Marimba 1 parts are GPO, and the battery is a mix of GPO and VDL that I have long since forgotten. But if any are interested, I'll gladly specify those as well. Vibraphone, Bells and Marimba 2 are VDL.
Here is a live version of Son Da Capo's performance that was created after their concert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeqXe26lIgA
The audio quality isn't great, but it beats the crap out of my version
Here is a better quality recording of Son Da Capo's performance (sans video): https://app.box.com/s/5kf18kmtm592o5cjec44
I hope you enjoy listening! I will certainly be making some rounds in the listening room shortly!